Pascal Ackermann has won a stage in the Tour of Guangxi on Saturday after two second places in a row. The German sprinted in the third stage, a hill stage of 143 kilometers, to the victory in Nanning and strengthened his lead in the general classification.

The 25-year-old Ackermann had to tolerate Fernando Gaviria and Daniel McLay in the first two stages, but on Saturday it was still hit by the BORA-hansgrohe rider. He won the sprint of a thinned group.

Belarusian Alexandr Riabushenko and Italian Matteo Trentin completed the podium in Nanning, China. For Trentin it is the third day in a row that he finishes third. Martijn Tusveld was the best Dutchman with eleventh place.

Ackermann is busy at the end of a cycling season that is strong for him. Among other things, the sprinter won two stages in the Giro d'Italia this year and also won the points classification of the first big round of the year.

The Tour of Guangxi will be continued on Sunday with a tough mountain trip of over 161 kilometers. The last WorldTour race of the year, which was won by Italian Gianni Moscon last year, will last until Tuesday.